All ITSE degrees (both undergraduate and postgraduate) are accredited at the Professional level with the Australian Computer Society and the Software Engineering award has Full Professional Accreditation with Engineers Australia.
In recent years, the field of computing has split into a number of broadly defined fields:
Computer Science is concerned with algorithms, programming, software development technologies and tools. Often, as at Flinders, computing is combined with specific other domains such as the technical aspects of digital media including computer game development. It is commonly cited as being more theoretical than information technology as graduates develop software deeper in the computer system.
As the name implies, this field is concerned with information; its acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination. It is thus more concerned with the strategic use of information technology, the development and management of information systems, and so on, than is computer science. At Flinders, the term IT includes many aspects of those courses termed (Business) Information Systems, Management Information Systems or more simply Information Systems.
This area covers the confluence of computing technology and new media - computer games, advanced human-computer interaction, animation, computer graphics and information visualisation. As such, graduates will need to be computing professionals with a strong understanding of modern communication methods and techniques.
This area covers the rapidly growing area of both the technology of designing and implementing local and internet scale communication systems as well as the use of that technology in social networks and business systems. This degree will appear in the SATAC Guide for 2014 but students admitted to the Bachelor of Information Technology at the start of 2013 can transfer at the end of year 1 with no loss of time.
The design and evolution of software, often with an interface to computer hardware, the development of verifiable software to accepted standards of quality and performance. Software Engineering at Flinders is a Bachelor of Engineering award and is Australian Computer Society and Engineers Australia accredited meaning that graduates can work on projects where Engineers Australia accreditation is required (note that not all software engineering awards are Engineers Australia accredited).
The University also offers a specialisation in Software Engineering in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology and the Bachelor of Engineering Science.